Archive for December, 2015

So next year I intend to re-start my Space Wolves, as part of my 25 years of wargaming. Now it has been sometime since I painted any of of the warriors of the fang.

It was way back in the early 2000`s and was done with a mixture of the newer plastic and the older metal models. Things have however come along way since then, with most of the models now being made in plastic.

Now I did pick up some models a few years ago from eBay that will form the basis of my army, now with a little work (repositioning a few arms) I can make them work.

I have however done two “test” models

DSCN0806The one on the left has been painted over a white undercoat while the one on the right over a black undercoat. Both were painted using the same colours

Base coat: Russ Grey.

Wash: Nuln Oil.

Dry Brushed: With Russ Grey, Fenrisian Grey, and Etherium Blue.

Now I prefer the one with the white undercoat as the colour has come out more or less the blue/grey colour I want. As opposed to the one on the right which could pass as a Horus Heresy era model

This year has had its ups and downs. I started the year pushing All Quite On The Martian Front at my local game store, which lead to them picking up some of the range. This lead to a small group of players gaming every few weeks in the local store.

February/March: brought not one but TWO kickstarter pledges in the form of Tablescapes Tiles and Zombicide Season 3 (which was the most viewed post of the year!)

April/May: Saw me working on my Imperial Knights and Skitarii as well as some Cites Of Death terrain for 40K

June: Saw the arrival of another kickstarter pledge in the form of  Incursion from Grind House Games. Also released was the Terminator Genisys game from River Horse.

July: Saw the arrival of AvP: The Hunt Begins board game from Prodos Games.

August: Saw a group of us start to play Shadows of Brimstone, as well as the redecorating of my gaming/dinning room.

September: Saw me give Judge Dredd ago (again).

October/November: Saw me playing Terminator: Genisys and Shadows Of Brimstone.

December: has been rather quite on the gaming front.

Kickstarter wise I have backed the year

Conan: From Monolith Games.

Blood Rage and Zombicide Black Plague: From CMON.

Deadzone: Infestation and Warpath : From Mantic Games.

Drop Fleet Commander: From Hawk Wargames.

Of these only Blood Rage has shipped completely, while the base set of Zombicide has also been shipped (with the rest due sometime in February).

From last years list their are still 3 outstanding.

AvP: From Prodos Games, hopefully 95% will be finished by the end of February

Shadows Of Brimstone: From Flying Frog Games, will hopefully be finished by the end of the year. I have taken up the 1.5 wave shipping.

All Quite On The Martian Front: From Alien Dungeon, looks to be dead in the water with the company going bust!

Movie wise I have only seen one film this year and that was Terminator: Genisys, which while not as good as T1 and T2 did serve as a good “reboot”. It was however strange not going to see a film over the Xmas period but their was not much that I wanted to see (I can wait for Star Wars to be released on Blu-Ray).

All in all its been a year of ups and downs, I have played some good games Terminator: Genisys, Shadows Of Brimstone, and to a certain extent AvP (it has its problems) as well as losing interest in some!

 

 

 

As much as I would like to think it has not happened, It looks like Alien Dungeon/Robot Peanut studios have closed their doors. Now at the moment Ernest Baker and Barb have gone silent but it would seem that the removal of the website, Facebook page, and forum all point to them closing down.

Now All quite On The Martian Front was the 5th Kickstarter that I backed way back in May 2013 (along with 1002 other backers), with a delivery date of December 2013. However the delivery date quickly slipped in to early 2014 and then finally began shipping in May/June 2014. However we were told that shipping would be in 2 “waves” (which soon changed to 3). we were told that the delays were down to finding reliable resin casters in the US. In the mean time AD started selling models at retail (something which was said would not happen) to raise funds for the wave 2 shipping and development of new models. This angered many backers but was needed to allow AD to keep going.

Wave 2 arrived in December 2014, meaning all that I was owed were

the Martian Harvester, Scientist, Dominator, and Overseer Tripods, US MK II Tender, Munitions, 2 x Tesla Tanks, MK IV Command tank, and the Goliath Tank.

But once again communications were few and far between from AD and we were lead on a merry little dance over the past 12 months. In fact the last KS update (#172) said that 25% of orders had been shipped, but it seems very few people have received anything.

In total I pledged a total of $750.00 (just over £500.00) on All Quite with the base pledge of  “All Out War” and a number of add ons Including the Overseer Tripod and the US Goliath. Going back over the Pledge manger my pledge was valued at $852.50, so am I out of pocket? In some respects yes I am. I am down 10 models of which only 4 were add-ons.

Its a real shame that Ernie and Barb have not addressed the situation before hand rather than spring it on people and then running and hiding. I know it must have been hard from them but if their is any chance of them rising from the ashes their reputation will be ruined before they start.

But where did it all go wrong? To be fair the AQOTMF kickstarter was the killer. Instead of starting off small with maybe a starter set (maybe all in plastic) a separate hardback rule book, and a small amount of add-ons (3 or 4 for each side) which unlock at various goals, and maybe throw in a few extra plastics here and their. Would have been better than adding stuff as free add ons and extras like they did. If you look at the 150K goal on the all out war pledge summery it has 4 entry’s totalling up to nearly £100.00, and if you look further down the page you will see one of the goals is for 9 plastic steam tanks (about £64.00).

Hopefully AQOTMF will resurface at some stage but for the moment its dead in the water!

Spartan – 117.

Posted: December 11, 2015 in Halo

Way back in 2001 Halo: Combat Evolved burst on to original Xbox console and since then it has been followed with another 9 games as well as books, comics, action figures, etc.

And now it has a wargame, in the form of Halo Fleet Battles: The Fall Of Reach by Spartan Games.

Now It has been around for a few months, after being previewed at Salute 2015. And I must confess I have been sitting on the fence for sometime over weather I wanted to get involved with it.

However Spartan  offered up a rather tasty Black Friday deal offering up

A fleet box, commander pack, core upgrade, large upgrade, a dice pack, and £10 off a carrier box. All for £95.00 (saving £59.00).

In the end I picked up both the UNSC and Covenant deals, however Spartan received lots of orders and are struggling to keep up with demand. And I have been told that my order should be sent out next week.

I decided however to pick up the Fall Of Reach boxed set, so lets have a look at what you get in the box.

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The nice shiny outer box (inside is a plane white box).

As you can see in the first picture you get 2 sheets of card terrain and 4 sheets of various tokens. The card terrain is very thin along the lines of photo paper, and the tokens could have been compressed into just 2 sheets rather than 4.

Underneath we have the various dice that are used (I have not read the rules yet so I am unsure what they are used for)

Next we have the rule book (128 pages) and the campaign book (36 pages)

Next we have the Formation and commander cards. The Covenant have 12 formations and 1 commander card. While the USNC have 18 formations and 1 commander card.

Lastly we have 3 reference cards.

Now we move on to the models

First up in the left picture are 2 Marathon Heavy Cruisers and 12 Paris Frigates. The Marathons are made up of 9 pieces, while the Paris are single piece models. The picture on the right has 1 Epoch Heavy Carrier and 3 more Paris Frigates, the Epoch comprises of 8 pieces. The detailing on the models are excellent.

Next we have the Covenant ships,in the left picture we have 1 CCS Battle Cruiser and 6 SDV Heavy Corvettes. The CCS is made up of 4 pieces while the SDV’s are made from 2 pieces. The other sprue on the right has the 1 ORS Heavy Cruiser and 2 more SDV’s, the ORS is made up of 7 pieces. And again the details are excellent.

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Lastly we have the bases, which are 60mm x 60mm clear acrylic.

To be fair it looks like a really good game which concentrates on the actions of groups of ships rather than individual ships, like BFG and Full Thrust.

Its 332 days (at the time of writing) until November 2016. Which marks my 25th year of wargaming, and I have been debating what I want to do to mark it. At the moment I am thinking of organizing a game of Warhammer 40000 Apocalypse with my Blood Angels, Imperial Guard, and Adeptus Mechanicus. As well as a new force, and this is where the problem lies. Do I?

(A) Add an Imperial Guard Tank Company ?

or

(B) Reboot my Space Wolves ?

I can do one or the other but not both! Models are not an issue as I have 10 Le Man Russ tanks as well as Basilisks, and few super heavy tanks unmade stored in a box. The same goes for the Space Wolves. At the moment the Space Wolves are winning, as I have a conversion in mind for Ragnar Blackmane.

But then their are all those tanks just calling my name……………………

Since my last update on the projects I have backed their have been a few updates.

Shadows Of Brimstone: Anyone following the saga of SoB will know of the 1.5 wave of shipping that was offered by FFP. Well the cut off date was meant to be the 30th of November, with shipments being sent out from the 1st onwards. However it seems that things have not gone to plan and it will be pushed back until January 2016. So the chances of me seeing anything  before February are highly likely.

Deadzone  Infestation: Mantic have caused a little bit of a storm with the announcement that some of the resin models have been switched from resin to plastic.

Zombicide Black Plague: On a brighter note CMON have said that the base set. Will be shipped before Xmas, with everything else following on  in the new year.

I had hoped to get in some games of Shadows of Brimstone with the new stuff but now that seems to have gone out of the window.

Back in the 70`s the poor Doctor was exiled to earth by the time lords. This lead to the doctor working with U.N.I.T.

When I pulled out the “not” 11th and 12th doctors from my box of Doctor Who models, I also pulled out 15 “not” UNIT models.

First up we have Captain Yates, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and Sargent Benton.

Followed on by 2 squads of 6 troopers  (4 with SLR`s and 2 with SMG`s)

I went with the following paints

AP: Army painter.         GW: GAmes Workshop.       VA: Vallejo.

Uniform: (AP) Army Green washed, with (GW) Athonion Camoshade wash,  and a dry brush of Army Green.

Pouches and webbing: (VA) 887 Brown Violet.

Beret: (GW) Zandri Dust.

Boots: (GW) Abaddon Black.

Guns: (GW) Abaddon Black, and Leadbelcher.

Hair: (VA) 872 Chocolate Brown.

Skin: (GW) Bugmans Glow,Cadian Flesh, Kislev Flesh. Followed by a wash of Reikland Flesh

Of coarse a UNIT force would not be the same with out the 3rd Doctor and Jo Grant.

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Next up we have the 12th doctor with Osgood and Clara Oswald.

And finally we have 11th Doctor companion Rory Williams, as well as the 10th Doctors companions Donna Noble and Martha Jones.

Now I just need to figure out what to do for the bases?